4/30/2014 10:38:00 AM Noontimers Lions dedicate Hotshots memorial and tree in Memory Park
The Chino Valley Fire District Honor Guard posts the colors at the Chino Valley Noontimers Lions Club memorial and tree dedication to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Fallen 19 Friday afternoon in Memory Park to a crowd of about 40 people.
The Chino Valley Noontimers Lions Club dedicated a memorial and tree to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Fallen 19 at 1 p.m. Friday in Memory Park to a crowd of about 40 people, including members of other local Lions Clubs.
The ceremony started with the solemn entry of the flags by the Chino Valley Fire District Honor Guard comprised of CVFD's Rob Zazueta, Darrell Buntin and Jeff Stewart, and Central Yavapai Fire District's Jeremiah King.
A two-foot tall flagstone memorial plaque now sits in the ground at the park and lists the names of the 19 young firefighters who died in a fire in Yarnell on June 30, 2013.
Lions President Bernie Przyblski rang a bell for every name he read. Dignitaries each shoveled a scoop of soil into the tree well, and later placed 19 red roses around the base of the tree.
Dignitaries included Chino Valley Mayor Chris Marley, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Chino Valley Fire Chief Scott Freitag and Prescott Fire Department Capt. J.P. Vicente, who served as a Division Chief for the Hotshots during the fire. Each spoke about the loss of the firefighters and Mayor Marley, who is also a pastor, gave an opening and closing prayer. Chino Valley Town Manager Robert Smith and Noel Campbell, candidate for state representative of District 1, also attended the ceremony.
The firefighters were Andrew Ashcraft, 29; Robert Caldwell, 23; Travis Carter, 31; Dustin DeFord, 24; Chris MacKenzie, 30; Eric Marsh, 43; Grant McKee, 21; Sean Misner, 26; Scott Norris, 28; Wade Parker, 22; John Percin Jr., 24; Anthony Rose, 23; Jesse Steed, 36; Joe Thurston, 32; Travis Turbyfill, 27; William Warneke, 25; Clayton Whitted, 28; Kevin Woyjeck, 21; and Garret Zuppiger, 27.
Vicente Landscaping donated the tree, Cornerstone Materials donated the flagstone used for the plaque and the mounting, Mountain View Cemetery gave the Lions a discount on the plaque, and Lion Bob Behm made a $200 donation toward the plaque.
The Lions Club served refreshments after the ceremony.